SolidWorks 2013 on a Tablet?

September 13, 2012 9 Comments »

During the SolidWorks 2013 deep dive demo last week at the Dassault Systemes North American headquarters, the SolidWorks staff sprung a little surprise on us.  When we came back from one of our breaks, there was a Samsung 700T Tablet sitting on one of the tables.  It was plugged up to a dock that had a keyboard and mouse attached to it.  This Tablet was running full up Windows 8….and it was running SolidWorks 2013!  (See the image below)

Now this little wonder certainly captivated everyone in the room in fact…there were so many eyes on it, the demos stopped…and we talked about nothing else but the Tablet for about the next 15 minutes.  SolidWorks 2013 is on track to be certified for Windows 8 at the SP0 release.  So if you can get your hands on a tablet that can run Windows 8, then you can potentially run SolidWorks!

This particular tablet was running in Software OpenGL mode, but I was quite impressed with how snappy the graphics were.  According to the folks at SolidWorks, the recently announced Microsoft Surface Pro that includes an Ivy Bridge processor will have an integrated video card that will be capable of enabling RealView in SolidWorks.

How capable it will be in running SolidWorks remains to be seen.  Given the fact that it has a lightning fast processor, capable video, and a keyboard and mouse that have already been announced, it looks like all the tools are there to potentially make this a legitimate SolidWorks setup.

This is a very intriguing concept….Stay tuned on this….as more details become available…I’ll post them.

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  • Nice!

  • I’m absolutely floored by this news. Holy Cow Batman! I had an idea that there would be some kind of a surprise news release about 2013, but this took me beyond anything that I was thinking about. Great, great news. Thanks Ricky for the news.

  • Pritam

    will SW 2013 be supported on Windows 8 .. or we need to wait for next Service Pack ? pls reply

  • The development team is hoping to have 2013 certified for Windows 8 at the SP0 release next month, but that’s not 100% certain. Stay tuned for updates.

  • Dominik Kirschner

    sound nice, I hope they really speed up in overall performance using gestures. rotating and zooming using a multi-touch capable device was very slow and couldn’t beat any other graphic application…

  • Question Answer

    Great news for us. It is quite unique. I hope it will be faster than others :)

  • WildKarrde

    I’ve actually been running SW 2012 on my Acer Iconia W510 this whole semester. I chose a rather complex final project, and although painfully slow at times, it would have been entirely possible for me to do 100% of my homework on the tablet. All said and done, I probably did about 65% of my work on the tablet. I’m quite surprised… but waiting with baited breath for the first Haswell tablet that comes out with a second battery in the keyboard dock. :)

  • Bryon Miller

    Holy Crap! A practical tablet that I could actually use for something productive! I don’t care about netflix streaming to a tablet, I hate typing on a tablet, I bought a galaxy 10.1 tab when it came out and the only thing I use it for is a password manager for the sites I log onto using my desktop. I use my desktop to do Solidworks Designs for my 3d printer. If I could use SW on a tablet, so long as the interface didn’t totally suck, I’d actually use the tablet when I left the house. Of course this all depends on the performance compared to my I7 w/ 16gb ram. I suspect I’ll be able to start something on the tablet and complete it on the desktop, but not so much the other way around….

  • Tablet are to weak to make work in SW pleasure. Hope 2-3 years and it will be possible and also we will work in cloud :)